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Overall rating:
5.0/5
1st February, 2015 at 11:14 am
Makeup Geek Pigments Review
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Gorgeous!

I have 1 pigment from Makeup Geek in the shade Insomnia. It's supposedly a dupe for MACs Blue Brown pigment. As I haven't tried MACs pigment I can't compare but from what I've seen online of swatches and what I imagine it to be like I'd say it would be a cheaper alternative to MAC.

The Makeup Geek pigments come in small pots with screw on lids. They can be messy if not careful and really should have a sifter. You use to be able to buy the sifters on their site but last I looked they weren't there, I did hear they now sell them with sifters but as mine didn't come with one I can't say it is true.

You get a lot of product and a little goes a long way. You can apply with a brush by patting it on or by using your finger. It blends very nicely. If you want a foiled look you can dampen your brush.

The colour of Insomnia is beautiful. It has both green and brown reflects to it. No huge glitters at all. It has a gorgeous sheen. When blended it leaves a warm brown shadow so can be used alone on your lids if you pack it onto your lids you get the beautiful green reflects and by gently blending the edges out the warm brown softens it and gives extra dimension to your look.

I highly recommend trying a pigment from Makeup Geek, they are great quality.

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Thanks Cat. Can I ask where you purchased from?

Overall rating:
4.0/5
9th March, 2015 at 1:44 pm
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review
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Shade: Bahama

My very first NARS product and what made me realise that NARS = quality and was worth the price tag it carries. Even though I still only have one of these Velvet lip pencils I do plan on purchasing more soon.

Shade: Bahama

This lip pencil is chunkier than normal lip pencils that I have previously used, its barrel is coated with a black easy to grip coating and the end displays the colour of liner inside. This lip pencil isn’t automatic so you have to sharpen it when you need to which is a pain if you don’t have the right sharpener but luckily another brand sharpener that has the chunky and slim pencil function fitting perfectly. The actual pencil liner surround is black too not the normal tanned colour some cheaper lip liners have. Not crumbly when apply or when sharpening but I do keep all my pencils be it lip liners or eye liners out of direct sunlight to keep their temperatures lower preventing them from colour fade and going soft. The texture of this pencil is as it is named, velvety and glides on along your own lip line easily, having a good grip to the barrel also means it allows you to easily overdraw your lips if you feel the need to as well as the chunkiness and smooth application allows you to infill your lips quickly and effortlessly too. No dragging or colour clumping on my lips but of course this is down to how you look after your lips, if you have dry lips with flaky pieces then it’s going to clump there. Bahama the shade I own is a fawn brown, almost nude colour on the side of brown so is quite adaptable to many lipstick shade matching.

This liner also doesn’t feather, or bleed, it smudges whilst applying if you want it too but will stay put if you don’t disturb it, once set it doesn’t smudge at all. It also never faded massively throughout the day and I still saw faint remnants of it as i was taking my make up off. This is an awesome pencil for lining you lips prior to lipstick or just on its own use with a coat of gloss to finish. Highly recommend.

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Love your review! I've had my eye on this for a while

Overall rating:
5.0/5
17th March, 2015 at 11:47 am
L'Oreal Mega Volume Manga Mascara Review
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Love the L'Oreal mega volume manga mascara!!!

This mascara is heaven in a bottle I absolutely love the formula and how it makes my lashes pop just with 1 coat! I have been using this product since September 2014 after finding it over seas and I fell in love instantly! It replaced my cover girl lash blast and took over my life. It has a very nice packaging which makes it easy to hold and find. The product only needs 1-2 coats to get the maximum coverage and to make each last volumised. I don't need to curl my lashes with this mascara at all. It is a must have!!!!

Tips: The wand is a little on the big side so use a brush for lower lashes and try not to have very fast movements as it can come off on your skin.

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This Manga has got me curious about it.

Sounds great, think I need to buy this!

Your welcome :) I love this product and I hope all of you do too :)

Ohh thank you!! I was really curious about this. Sounds amazing.

It hasn't every time I use it and I run the brush through the lashes probably 3 times per side and it doesn't at all however it may with a ridiculous amount layered on.

Does it clump?

Overall rating:
2.3/5
17th March, 2015 at 4:25 pm
L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper Review
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Not too fussed.

I was lucky enough to be given the Medium/dark brow plumper, and was excited that i could try it before it hit the shelves. I love the thought of quick easy brows, as im lazy at the best of times with them. At first i didnt really know if i was using it correctly, as i didnt see any difference, other than my brows were stuck in place. After a couple of weeks or so of using it, i really couldnt love it, i watched tutorials on how to apply it, and i was using it correctly, but for me it was just not cutting the mustard unfortunalty. It may have been my brows that were the problem, but i couldnt see any more 'fullness' that i was hoping for. it was like the fibres didnt stick. another thing is if you look really closely, i could see sparkles, yes i said sparkles, well more like a really fine glitter on my brows. I asked my workmate as well if she saw them on hers and yes, she had glitter too. My guess is the fibres are the sparkly things which is meant to give you the 3D look, but it just wasnt what i was expecting. I really wanted to love this, but i cant. I will However, reccommend to people, as i think i am just one person with an opinion, I do no of others who love this. This product had potential of been amazing 'for me', but not at this moment. I may give it another go one day, but for now, i will stick to lazy brows. I hope this is better for others xx

Tips: Try before you buy, use small strokes and take your time. xx

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Hmm,,, I'll watch out for product coming off while I trial my brow plumper.

I kind of like this product, but found that when I was taking photos with my eye up to the camera, that the little fibres rubbled off onto my camera! Such a shame...I think that I would have worn it daily if that didn't happen!

I noticed that when I swatched the blonde one but hopefully the medium/dark is sparkly on my brows. I am looking forward to trying this product as I have the australis tint my brows which is good for the price

Thanks for the awesome review

Oh no. It sucks when things don't live up to the hype for you. I must admit I am excited try this, hopefully it works better for me than you

Overall rating:
5.0/5
17th February, 2015 at 11:14 am
e.l.f Undereye Setting Powder Review
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Adore This

Okay just a warning, it's tiny. It is. BUT only using it for setting undereye concealer means it will last you a long time. I don't know what kind of brush this comes with as I got it from a friend, but I use a fluffy brush that I got with a Covergirl quad years ago. I find it works wonderfully. It's pure white that looks kind of scary, but the most surprising thing about it is that it has reflects in it. Once you put it on the undereye area, those reflects magically disappear and you're left with a beautiful brightened under eye area. The best thing about it is the lack of creasing that happens with my concealer, which previously I'd have to apply 3 or 4 layers of pressed powder to to stop it from creasing. The lid is kind of annoying and unless you put it on the right way it won't close properly, but overall I love this product and will continue to buy it.

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Love your review

Overall rating:
5.0/5
8th March, 2015 at 5:56 pm
e.l.f Undereye Setting Powder Review
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Worth the hype.

I purchased this off iherb after hearing many you-tubers rave about it. For the price - why not?

Okay - the size - yes its a small size, but its specifically for setting your undereyes - so I don't see myself running out any time soon considering you only need the tiniest little bit. For $3 I thought the size was decent.

The powder itself is very finely milled, and has little glitter bits in it. However, once on your eyes the glitter doesn't show up at all, it's just lovely and brightening. This sets my concealer all well, and I don't have a problem with my concealer at any point of the day.

It's simple enough to use - but I do find that I have to shake it upside down quite often, as I have only just started the jar and I haven't got quite enough through yet! The only downside to this product is the brush - but I'm not even really counting it as a downside since it was free!

Tips: Don't bother with the brush it came with - use a proper concealer brush, or any soft small face brushes do the trick.

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Thanks for the good review

Overall rating:
5.0/5
17th May, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder Review
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LOVE!

This is the best powder out there for highlighting in my opinion. If you have very pale/porcelain skin tone then i wouldn't recommend this for you, maybe opt for another shade in the same range but if you have medium/tan/olive skin then this is perfect. The yellow powder counteracts any redness while highlighting. This powder doesn't provide any coverage at all, so don't get that confused, however it is used for setting your makeup.

The fine powder allows to set your makeup, highlights your face and blurs your imperfections. This is best to be used under the eyes over your concealer and other features you wanna bring light to.

BUT as with any loose powder, it can be messy to work with unless you're careful. I don't see it prolonging the wear of my makeup but it does prevent creasing. I also use a setting spray before hand. It also doesn't cause a white cast on your face in terms of flash photography which is a bonus.

This product is definitely worth the splurge. If you are a makeup artist then it would last you a long time but if you're a normal person then it would be better to opt for a smaller grams of this product. Mind you, this does contain parabens (it helps prolong the shelf life of the powder).

Tips: I like to use this with the beauty blender because it takes away that powdery look and really sets into the skin without giving you a cakey finish. As an alternative, i like to use the real techniques setting brush as its small to get into the crevices of your skin near the eyes. Use the excess on the cap to avoid the messiness.

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Sounds really good

Thanks for the amazing review. You really have put things into perspective for me.

Overall rating:
4.7/5
15th December, 2014 at 10:28 am
BH Cosmetics 36 Piece Ultimate Brush Set Review
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Lots of bang for your buck!

I was lucky enough to purchase this when BH Cosmetics were having a sale - I paid $34 nzd. :)

Let's start with the case, it feels like quality. Soft leathery feel and folds up into a neat little purse and it has little designs on it - it's really just incredibly adorable. Even if I didn't like the brushes, the brush purse is definitely a keeper.

The brushes themselves are great for someone starting out their makeup kit. The handles are long and sturdy and the bristles are soft to the touch.

There are sooo many useful brushes in here! For every big brush you have, theres a smaller one included too. Big blending brush, small blending brush. Even the array of liner brushes is just fabulous. My favourite is the bent eyeliner brush. It's so easy to get into the nooks that are often hard to reach. With this kit, you have the tools to create ANY look you could want.

I love all my BH brushes in this kit. They're a very welcomed edition of my own collection and I highly recommend investing in this kit!

Tips: There is some fallout with the bristles with some brushes, more than my MAC and RT brushes, but only a very tiny amount!

Also, BH Cosmetics often have amazing sales. Wait for one to purchase the kit.

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Love your review!! This is now on my "must have" list

Overall rating:
4.7/5
26th May, 2014 at 9:33 am
BH Cosmetics 10 Colour Professional Blush Palette Review
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Every freelancer should have one of these!

I purchased this around 5 years ago just after i graduated makeup school, i brought it for $40, i had saved a little each week as back then i was so poor and these palettes were the new thing! Its a must have blush palette, it has a variety of colours to suit any skin type, whenever i was asked to do a makeup job this was always an item i brought along with me, very lightweight and easy to carry in your makeup case or makeup bag. It is very pigmented and a small amount goes a long way, i learnt this the hard way as some clients started with bright chunks of pinks! They are easy to blend and build up, glide on the cheeks with ease and theyre also great to put on the lips. The downfall of this palette is the colours didnt last, about 2 hours before it would start fading, i also had an accident where i dropped this and it broke a few of the colours. I also brought the BH contour palette, the 2 palettes are unstoppable! If your wanting this for yourself or to add to your makeup kit its worth it and is much cheaper than what i paid years ago.

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Thanks for your review. I've been wanting to try this for a while

Thanks! Great review! Have wanted to give this a crack and am pretty convinced now :)

Overall rating:
4.7/5
25th February, 2015 at 11:44 pm
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Review
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Uh Oh...I need more.

I couldn't resist all the instagram photos showing up on a daily basis. Sad Girl called to me, and I wanted to try something a little more wearable - so I got Lovely as well.

I like the packaging, to me it's sleek and elegant. The applicator is a 'doe foot applicator'. It comes out holding quite a bit of product, a quick swipe to get take a little bit off it makes it easier to apply - it just glides on, so too much on the applicator makes a bit of a mess.

The formula is so creamy and as I said - glides on. So smooth. It feels a little strange to me while it's drying, almost oily. This is probably normal for a liquid lipstick, I haven't used many. They dry to matte fairly quickly, but leave a slight tackiness. It's not sticky, just ever so slight catch to it. They're a bit unforgiving on dry lips, showing up the lines on your lips, but it still looks great! (An extra layer in an attempt to cover that makes it too heavy and the lines look worse.)

It wears really well, I had 4 hours without any problem with Lovely, I'm sure it would have gone longer. Sad Girl was a little shorter wear time, (it's so bold that the wear shows more - but I did eat dinner while wearing it) After that it started to sort of collect on the slightly drier bit on the inner edge of my bottom lip. It wasn't hugely noticeable, but I could feel it starting to cake there.

Sad Girl is such a gorgeous shade. So many people say it's really unique - and that is just the best word to describe it! The website describes it as a "deep burgundy with purple iridescence." When that 'iridescence' catches the light it's just so gorgeous! It's bold, and quite vampy, but it's just...unique!! I have worn Lovely a lot more. It's just a sweet (I really wanted to write lovely!) "mauve pink" and I know it will stay in my more regular rotation of lipsticks.

All up - really impressed! I may (translates to definitely will) have to buy more!

Tips: Exfoliate and moisturise before application so it doesn't stick to dry skin. But - don't leave cakey lip balm on because the lipstick wont dry.

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This sounds amazing. Thank you for such an in depth review. Love the lip balm tip xx

Oh I been fantasising about these because of Instagram. Good review.

Awesome review! I would love to try these lipsticks, coz they are screaming out to me on Instagram lol