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They See Me Haulin’

I don’t think the word ‘saving’ exists in my vocabulary… however ‘shopping’ certainly does! About two weeks ago I was having a bit of a treat yo self day and made a couple of sneaky online orders which I thought I would share with you, plus some purchases I made in store. So let’s get into it!

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Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea
This lipgloss was definitely the product I was most excited about (I eagerly checked the letter box for days awaiting it’s arrival – clear signs of a shopaholic). The day I was leaving London, Tanya Burr released her makeup line in Superdrug, so naturally I ran up and down Oxford Street like a mad woman trying to catch a glimpse of her, or her products, but unfortunately I had no luck. After arriving back home I then discovered I could order them off Feel Unique, which is a site I use regularly so I was ecstatic. After much thought I finally decided on the lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, which is lovely nudey/pink colour – the formula of these glosses are amazing and I will definitely have to place another order soon.

Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Hour Glass Beige
Continuing with the makeup theme, this eyeshadow has been something i’ve wanted for a while but never got around to picking up. This L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow is a shimmery beige colour, and when I first swatched it I was blown away by it’s pigmentation. It is almost too pretty to use! My favourite way to wear it has been as an all over the lid colour with a bronze shadow in the crease, or to add a light and shimmery sheen to the inner corner. Retailing for around $19.95 it is on the more expensive end of the drugstore spectrum but it’s so worth the money.

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
Primers have never been a regular part of my makeup routine, I usually just slap on some moisturiser before my foundation and i’m good to go. However, this product intrigued me as it claims to provide a boost of radiance – which sounded like something worth trying. So far I haven’t seen any change in the wear time of my foundation, I will be sure to continue using it and keep you updated.

Dotti Quilted Jumper
I have been on the hunt for a quilted jumper to wear during winter, as much as I love my knits I thought it was about time to revamp my wardrobe and change up my style. I purchased this jumper online along with another top when Dotti were having a half price sale, however I ended up with the wrong size in the jumper and the top wasn’t the right style for me. Thanks to Dotti’s great returns policy I was able to easily exchange the jumper for a smaller size and refund the top in store.

Converse Canvas All Star Low Cut
Early last year I invested in some black hi top converse and have had quite a lot of use out of them. I thought it was about time I bought myself a new pair – I feel like you can never have enough of these types of shoes as they are easy to wear and go with virtually everything.

And there we have it, my first haul! I’m sure they will be plenty more to come… confessions of a shopaholic!

Sarah x

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Get the Look: Red Lips & Winged Liner

One of the most classic makeup looks of all time is of course Red Lips and Winged Eyeliner. There are many different versions of this look, with countless shades of red lipstick out on the market to suit varying hair colours and skin tones. I love a bit of winged liner but i’m definitely more of a subtle cat eyed girl. Here’s my take on the look…

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Base
If i’m wearing red lipstick it’s most likely for a special occasion, as it’s not something i’d be brave enough to wear on a daily basis. To balance out the bright lips I like to go for a higher coverage foundation. The one that does the job is the Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin. This foundation has quite a lightweight formula but is still enough to give medium to high coverage. To apply it I use the Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki (F88) which effortlessly buffs it into the skin.
My go to concealer when I want something that will wear well and give me that little bit more coverage is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer . I mainly apply it on any blemishes I have, around my nose and under my eyes.
To set the foundation and concealer I use the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder which is perfect for all over to ensure my makeup stays put all night.

Cheeks
When i’ve got more of a heavy look going on I like to keep my cheeks nice and natural. A subtle but stunning blush is Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll, which adds just the right amount of colour without going overboard.
Having pale skin means I can’t wear a muddy brown bronzer or it looks like i’ve just been playing in a pile of dirt. Literally. So, a colour that does compliment my skin tone well is Nars Laguna. Although this was a bit of a splurge I have had a lot of use out of it and still haven’t hit pan… isn’t that just the best feeling?
One of my more recent finds that I save for an evening look is theBalm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter. If you’re looking for a fine powder to use as an eyeshadow colour, add a sheen to your cheeks or as an all over finish before a night out then this is the one. I usually just apply this to my cheekbones with the Real Techniques Setting Brush and it helps to enhance and highlight parts of my face.

Eyes
My favourite type of eye look to wear with red lipstick is light shimmery colours with a bit of black in the crease. The Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay has all the colours you need in one handy palette. Firstly I apply bootycall all over the lid, tease in the crease as a transition colour and then to finish it off verve & blackout in the outer corner. My go to liquid eyeliner is Maybelline Master Precise, I use this product daily and it is the perfect eyeliner for beginners and for creating that sophisticated flick. In the waterline I use Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in black, and to complete the look I add a bit of Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

Lips
And now for the star of the show… the red lipstick I have chosen to use for this look is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm . This is a matte red lipstick and is a great, affordable option. As this isn’t a high end product it doesn’t wear as well as some other ones would, however it is easy to reapply and to do so I use a lip brush to get a more precise look.

Let me know what your take on this classic look, i’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

Sarah x

 

The Makeup Brushes You Need

Anyone that knows me is aware that I love makeup brushes. It doesn’t matter how many I have, I will always want more. I don’t know what it is about them, but there’s nothing more satisfying than a new, soft, fluffy brush to add to the collection. The one downside to owning a lot of brushes is you guessed it, washing them.  If only there was a magic button that washed all of them for you… a girl can dream right? Aside from all of that, there are many different makeup brands/brushes out on the market, so which ones do you really need? I thought I would share with you the brushes I reach for on a day-to-day basis.

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1. Powder Brush

The Your Base/Flawless, Powder Brush by Real Techniques is pure perfection. It’s great for powder, bronzer and fixing up those makeup blunders. Oh and have I mentioned that it feels like a cloud is touching your face? Yes, it is that amazing. This brush can be purchased from www.iherb.com (along with all other Real Techniques brushes) for $10.70. Get on it.

2. Blush Brush

Coming from the same Real Techniques family, the Your Finish/Perfected, Blush Brush is just as good. After discovering this beauty I have never turned back. My other blush brushes sit in their cup looking at me longingly… sorry guys, but the Real Techniques brush is a winner here. This brush is excellent at applying the product without going overboard, which makes for a nice natural flush. As mentioned before Real Techniques brushes are sold on www.iherb.com, and this one is only $9.64. What a bargain!

3. Foundation Brush

I have had a love/hate relationship with the Inglot Foundation Brush, but in the past 6 months it seems to be all that I use. I’ve tried many other typical foundation brushes – the flat top kabuki, stippling brush etc however I feel nothing can beat a good ol’ paddle brush. It applies liquid foundation like a dream. Currently this brush retails for $37, although I’m sure there are many cheaper alternatives that will do the same thing.

4. Blending Brush

I don’t know where I would be without the MAC 217, it is ah-ma-zing. I heard this brush raved about for months so I finally caved and purchased it, and it’s sure worth the hype. This isn’t just any regular blending brush, it is the God of all blending brushes. This brush will literally change your life. Okay, maybe a bit dramatic, but seriously… head on over to your nearest mac counter and you will not be disappointed.

5. Basic Shadow Brush

The Bdellium Tools Shadow Brush was one of my many purchases from Sydney IMATS last year and is perfect for the one sweep and you’re done eyeshadow kinda day. It packs on the colour quite nicely and is just an all round great brush for any sort of shadow. If you can’t get your hands on this particular one, any type of basic shadow brush is a must in your makeup bag for all occasions.

I’d love to hear what your one makeup brush you couldn’t live without is, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Sarah x

Mani Monday: Essie Big Spender

With winter fast approaching here in Australia I thought it would be appropriate to treat myself to a perfect cold-weather nail polish.

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I decided on an Essie Nail Polish in Big Spender (that name sounds like something I would refer to myself as) from H&M in Sweden, who knew H&M sold lots of makeup goodies as well as great clothes!

I have tried out Essie Nail Polishes before but this one is by far my favourite. The formula seems to be a lot better than the others, and the colour is just gorgeous. The only way I can think to describe it as is a pink magenta with violet undertones.

After applying two coats that seems to be enough to achieve the desired colour, and on top I used the OPI Top Coat which I find works well. The major problem I have with Essie Nail Polishes is that they don’t wear very well. After around 3 days there is noticeable chipping – especially with darker colours. This is disappointing especially considering the price, however the colours are just too pretty to resist.

Overall, I was very impressed with this colour as my past experiences with Essie haven’t been that great. I’ll definitely have to look into trying out some more colours, let me know if you have any suggestions below.

Sarah x