April Favourites

This probably is coming a bit later than you’d expect for April Favourites, but I’ve been busy and better late than never, right? Here’s what I’ve been loving recently.

Santa Clarita Diet

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I binged this show on Netflix in two days and loved every minute of it! It’s fast-paced, absolutely hilarious and the characters are amazing. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone, each episode is only 20 mins long so it’s really easy and fun to watch!

Aleka Dress in Plum – White Fox Boutique

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I wore this dress to my brother’s wedding at the end of April and got so many compliments on it! It is such a beautiful colour for my pale skin, and worked really well with my gold accessories. Such a gorgeous dress that I’ll definitely wear again! You can check out these photos on myΒ instagram!

Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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I know I’m probably the last person in the world to get on board this mascara, but I recently picked up a sample size and have come to discover I really like it! Especially when used in conjunction with a lengthening mascara, this makes your lases look ridiculous.

Vanity Planet Skin Spa System

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I used to use the vanity planet spin for perfect skin, and I liked it, but the batteries rusted up and the heads got jammed on the brush. When I wasn’t using such a hard core cleaning product, my skin started to get really bumpy, so I bought this one on a whim. I much prefer it to the other system, as the silicone brush doesn’t harbour bacteria. Definitely have noticed an improvement in my skin since using this, and I love that it has two speed settings.

Cream Blush & Highlighter

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I have really been into using cream products in April, as they look way more natural and last a hell of a lot longer than their powder counterparts. I’ve been loving the be a bombshell cream blush in ‘southern belle’ and the Australis stick highlighter in ‘light gold’.

Simple Light Moisturiser

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When I was getting bumps on my skin, I realised my use of oils wasn’t doing my face any wonders. So, I switched to a light moisturiser and I absolutely love it! If you’d like an updated skincare routine, let me know and I’ll do one for you guys!

Beauty Blender

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I never believed the fuss about the original beauty blender, but since I’ve tried it I just can’t go back. There’s something so specific about the way it works that I can’t put my finger on, but makes it outshine all replica sponges. If you haven’t tried it, do so, and tell me the cheap alternatives work the same. (Spoiler: they don’t)

Growing My Own Herbs

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Since I’ve been living on my own, I’ve been trying really hard to grow some of my own stuff. Right now, I’m growing basil, parsley, coriander, mint and rosemary, as well as keeping some succulents, and aloe plant and a Japanese peace lily. There’s something so nice about having to look after something that isn’t you, and then reaping the benefits in delicious cooking!

The Circle

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I know this is coming out as a movie soon, but that’s not why I read it. I grabbed a sample on my kindle, read it, then immediately had to go out and borrow the book. I read it in two days. It’s a very well written, fast-paced book that’s very difficult to put down once you get into it, and I strongly recommend it if you like technology, politics and control of freedom.

What have you been loving this month?! Let me know!

Zoe x

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April Favourites

NUME Lustrum Set Review

I bet if you watch YouTube, you’ve heard of the NUME hair styling tools. I was lucky enough to receive the Lustrum set for Christmas last year, and have been meaning to do this review for ages! I wanted to let you all know if NUME is really worth the attention they get online with all those sponsored videos.

First of all, they always have extreme discounts with youtuber promo codes, and so I got my Lustrum set for $100. It also came with an adaptor from US to Aus so I didn’t have to worry about that.

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The set itself comes with the tool, and then five different barrels. They all lock easily into place and heat up very quickly. The pack comes also with a glove (use it! This heats up to 230C and I’ve burnt the crap out of myself) and a leather roll to store all the barrels safely.

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I would definitely recommend getting some sectioning clips and heat protectant (I use either Nak or a cheap Protane one) as the barrels get super hot and you need to protect your hair.

The barrels include a wide one, a medium, a tight, a bumpy one (it created beach-like waves) and a tapered barrel. They’re all really good and work really well. I can create a tonne of different looks very quickly with the kit.

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I only have one complaint with the kit, and that is that the curls don’t last super long. Admittedly, this could be my hair, but I don’t find that the curls last for days like the youtubers tell you they do. Other than that, I really like the way it all works, and that I have such a variety of looks to create with all the different barrels.

I hope this helped! If anyone has any questions about the set leave them below πŸ™‚

Zoe x

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – Review and Swatches

As a gift to myself for finishing my novel I spent the last of my Mecca vouchers and bought the highly acclaimed Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I was a bit scared of spending almost AU$80 (holy SHIT) on this palette, but I’ve got to say that I really like it!

It’s full of beautiful neutrals and warm tones that are all what I’m about. It’s also perfect to take travelling in its tin with magnetic closure. It has a mixture of mattes and shimmers in it that makes it a one-stop-shop; I doubt I’ll be reaching for any of my other shadows for a while! But don’t worry, I recently cleared out my makeup (we all know I have a problem with hoarding it… as you would have seen in my makeup collection series) and I’m working on a blog post for that too!

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The palette comes with a little info leaflet which gives three ideas for use of the palette.

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Swatched from top of my arm to hand: (key = M = matte, S = shimmer)
Gilded Ganache (S, brown green duochrome)
White Chocolate (M, white/cream)
Milk Chocolate (M, soft neutral brown)
Black Forest Truffle (S, brown purple)
Triple Fudge (M, dark cool brown)
Salted Caramel (M, warm light brown)
Marzipan (S, pink champagne)
Semi-Sweet (M, medium warm brown)
Strawberry Bon-Bon (M, baby pink)
Candied Violet (S, purple glitter)
Amaretto (S, rusty brown)
Hazelnut (S, golden brown)
Creme Brulee (S, gold)
Haute Chocolate (S, darker golden brown)
Cherry Cordial (S, red brown)
Champagne Truffle (S, champagne)
Review:

IT SMELLS LIKE FREAKING COCOA
Colours – spot on. Great mix of mattes and shimmers, something for everyone. Great selection of transition shades.
Pigmentation – amazing. Super creamy.
Lasting power – average. Not the longest lasting eyeshadows I’ve ever worn.
Travel – the perfect to travel with!
Easiness to blend – superb
Would I recommend? ABSOLUTELY.
Worth the money? I think so!

Hope you enjoyed!

Zoe x

 

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – Review and Swatches

My Makeup Collection – Mascaras

In case you haven’t been following this series, I’m doing my makeup collection, category by category. I thought this would be a great way for you all to see how I store my makeup in a small space, on a budget.

If you haven’t read my others, check out my face products, blushes,bronzers,Β highlightersΒ and eyeliners posts. Next up, I’ll be going through my eyeshadows, Β palettes, eyebrow products, lipsticks and, finally, other lip products.

Hope you’re enjoying!

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART SIX~

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I’m not going to lie – I hoard mascaras something ridiculous. So bear that in mind guys!

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For reference, I have naturally quite thick and dark lashes, that are somewhat long. I prefer a mascara that can really lengthen and that is really black.

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My Mascaras
(Left – Right) (N = natural bristle applicator, R = rubber)

Benefit Roller Lash – review here (R)

Covergirl Lash Blast Length – nice and subtle, lengthening, cheap (R)

ChiChi 3D Magic Lash – amazing at doing both volume and length, really holds a curl (R)

Maybelline Collosal Cat Eye – pretty ‘eh’ for me, you have to really load it up (N)

Model Co Fat Lash – not bad but not worth it for the price in my opinion (N)

Maybelline One by One Volume – I got this because I ran out of mascara once (now I’m looking at this picture, I really doubt that) and it’s average. Also smells like black paint (R)

OXX Mascara – awesome for $2! (N)

Benefit They’re Real (sample and remover) – pretty decent, I quite like it but probably wouldn’t purchase the full size (R)

Hope you enjoyed! Next up – eyeshadows.

Love you all,

Zoe x

 

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My Makeup Collection – Mascaras

My Makeup Collection – Bronzers

Here is the bronzers part of my makeup collection! ENJOY!

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART TWO~

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Here’s how I store it…

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Top Left: Australis AC On Tour Contour Kit
The centre shade is great for contouring, and the other two make nice warm bronzers.

Top Right: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
This is the perfect bronzer and contour for fair skin. I freaking love it, and it smells like chocolate.

Centre: Body Shop Warm Glow Mineralized Bronzer
This is almost a bronzer, highlighter and blush in one. It’s really nice as a blush/bronzer topper as it has shimmer through it.

Bottom Right: NARS Laguna Bronzer
THE BEST contouring shade ever!

Bottom: Tanya Burr Beach Bronze
Great dupe for the Too Faced bronzer, although it has a little bit of shimmer and can sometimes get muddy if applied too heavily.

I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the rest πŸ™‚

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My Makeup Collection – Bronzers

My Makeup Collection – Base Products (Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder)

As a broke as all hell university student who is in love with makeup, I thought it would be interesting to let you guys know what’s in my collection, and how I store it all in two drawers. I’ll be doing this in sections, and today I’ll be showing you my bases: primers, foundations & BB creams, concealers and powders. To look forward to in this ‘series’, I’ll do my bronzers, blushes, highlighters, eyeshadows, eyeliners & mascara, palettes, eyebrow products, lipsticks and, finally, other lip products. Hope you enjoy!

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART ONE~

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Here is how I store it all…

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PRIMERS:

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L-R: Stila One Step Correct, Revlon Beyond Natural, Benefit Porefessional, Inika Pure Primer, NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

FOUNDATIONS:

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Yes, I only have two, because I rarely wear foundation. I usually just get away with concealer, and maybe some BB Cream, because I’m lazy af.

L-R: NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi, Rimmel Match Perfection in Light Porcelain.

 

BB CREAMS:

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L-R: Tony Moly Aqua Aura BB Cream, Colour Theory Tinted Moisturiser, Chanel CC Cream.

 

CONCEALERS:

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I didn’t even notice how many concealers I had until this post….oops.

L-R: NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up, Smashbox High Definition, Collection Lasting Perfection, Body Shop Correction Stick, Maybelline Green Concealer Stick.

 

POWDERS:

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CLOCKWISE: Elf Clarifying Pressed Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte in Peach Glow, Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder in Smooth Operator, Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent, NYX Radiant Finishing Powder in Brightening.

I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the rest of these πŸ™‚

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My Makeup Collection – Base Products (Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder)

HUGE MAKUEUP HAUL & Review

So over the past few weeks I went a bit nuts buying/getting makeup. I bought some of it with my money, some of it with birthday giftcards, and a lot of it I got from my LustHaveIt monthly subscription box! So buckle up and get ready for some serious makeup porn.

BH Cosmetics – I freaking LOVE everything I bought from here! I think it was $30 total, and I got a free eyeshadow pallette.

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First of all… these brushes. Holy shit. They are freaking incredible! The are beautifully soft and don’t shed at all; if you’re looking for new brushes definitely check these out!

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Next up I purchased the 28 colour lip palette, basically because of Shaaanxo’s swatch video. And. I. Fucking. Love. It. Each lipstick is super creamy and I love the colours! If you want to check out the swatch video, here is it πŸ™‚

I also bought the BH Cosmetics eyebrow pencil, which has a hard pencil at one end and a spooly on the other. This is freaking fantastic, the best eyebrow product I’ve ever used! With this order, I got a free palette which is the ‘Wild at Heart’ baked eyeshadow palette. I love the gold colours in this, and they’re surprisingly pigmented. Unfortunately, they’re all shimmery so you need some mattes with it, but who cares, it was free!

The eyelash curler pictured is my new love from The Face Shop – an amazing Korean brand. I love this curler even though I normally prefer the ones with springs, but this is super gentle and works damn wonders!

I also went a bit nuts at Mecca Cosmetica…

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Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder – THE BEST SETTING POWDER I HAVE EVER USED! It’s super fine, sets your makeup all day, and has a beautiful finish that isn’t matte at all. I love it!

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – This is beautiful for both bronzing and contouring on my uber-fair skin. Definitely go in and try it on if you can never find a good bronzer.

Smashbox Concealer – this is a great, high coverage concealer. HOWEVER, I get really annoyed at how it doesn’t have a doefoot applicator, and for that reason I probably wouldn’t repurchase considering how expensive it is 😦

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Pure Zen – I bought this for my dad’s wedding as a nude, and it lived up to my expectations of a Mac lispstick. This is my first ever Mac product and I am definitely impressed – the only downside is that, due to the cremesheen formula, it needs to be reapplied quite often. It’s so pretty though, it’s worth it!

Finally, I was so lucky and received a TONNE of stuff in my subscription boxes. Seriously… just feast your eyes…11933606_957788170934536_1016136795_nΒ  Feel free to follow me on my instagramΒ and twitter!

Love you guys,

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HUGE MAKUEUP HAUL & Review