Oh my! It’s been a hot minute since I uploaded a video, this was actually filmed back in February when it was summer, hot and my hair super flat. I’ve had it sitting in my to edit folder for so long and after filming a couple of videos this weekend I thought I better get it out there before these new ones hit.

These are the goodies I picked up while in the US of A, including some thoughts on IMATS LA and what I bought there. Hope you enjoy, I think I may have gotten the YouTube bug back again this weekend.

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five current favourites

I have so many new things i’m loving at the moment and I feel like since I’ve been working on downsizing my stash that a few oldie but goodie gems are sure to make an appearance in a favourites post soon.

Here are five of the best at the moment!

1. Dettol Profresh Peach Burst Shower Gel RRP $6.49AUD – Shower gels are something i’m never loyal with and just throw in whatever scent i’m feeling (or is on special) when I’m doing the weekly shop. This shower gel however has been thrown into the trolley twice in a row (unheard of). This is such a fresh peach scent that stays on the skin. It does as it says and cleans well, but the scent (drooooooooool).

2. Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder in Soft Focus RRP $16.99AUD – I’ve raved about this powder ever since I first got it. I’ve used this everyday since I purchased it and I’ve finally hit pan! I don’t own the Hourlgass Ambient Lighting Powders but this is meant to be a good dupe; for me it’s just a great light finishing powder that adds a bit of extra glow to my pretty dull/dehydrated complexion. I never find that this makes me look cakey and in saying that i’m not sure it’d be enough of a finishing powder for those with oilier skin types. However I love it and will definitely be buying another when this baby runs out.

3. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush RRP $19.95AUD – Okay so firstly let me apologize because this shade is not available in Australia, I picked it up on my trip to the US earlier this year. Why it isn’t available here I don’t know because it’s seriously stunning! This is a copper shade that is so metallic it almost looks wet on the eye. I’ve been wearing it with a warm matte brown shade buffed into the crease, this on the lid, a bit of brown pencil liner smudged into my lashes, mascara and done! If you can get your hands on this particular shade and you like warm coppery colours, do it!

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed RRP $36AUD – This shade has been on my wishlist for the longest time, I remember seeing Emma talk about it on her blog quite a few times and since then it’s been a must buy. It’s a dusty rose shade that really works with any eye/lip combo you have going, it’s the no-brainer shade. A little pricey for a blush but a little goes a long way with these.

5. Essence I love Nude Eyeshadow in Sweet Like Chocolate RRP $5.10AUD – This is such a pretty warm shade (can you see a trend here?) it has a slight shimmer to it, but it’s very very slight. I’ve been using this in my crease for the look I mentioned above.

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liquid lipsticks

liquid lipstick swatches

When it comes to lipstick I like the formula to be long lasting and matte, this is why liquid lipsticks are one of my favourite beauty products out there. As you can see from the picture above, I’ve tried out quite a few brands (and this isn’t even all of them, just the ones I wanted to mention). So from your budget buys to your more high end I’m going to give you the scoop on each and what I love / don’t love about them.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream RRP $12.95AUD (Shade – Zurich) – These aren’t technically liquid lipsticks but I still wanted to feature them anyway, they are a good starting point if your a bit scared to try the other long lasting liquid lipstick formulas. These are soft & creamy and dry down to be matte. They definitely aren’t long lasting and likely won’t make it past your first cup of coffee in the morning. The colour range is great ranging from nudes to vampy dark purples. Unfortunately the Target Australia stands i’ve seen them at here are always lacking and are never restocked so buying online is probably your best bet. I’m looking forward to trying the new NYX Lip Lingerie range if we ever get it here.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet RRP $24.00AUD (Shade – Pink Pong) – These are one of my favourite drugstore liquid lipstick options. The formula is quite watery and you do need to layer it up but the colour packs a punch (even the nude shade, which I also own) and they are super long lasting. You do need to be a little bit accurate with application because once these dry they are a bit of a pain to get off the skin. I’ve mentioned and swatched this shade before in another post here.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick RRP $29.00AUD (Shade – Androgyny) – I’m loving the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks right now and particularly this shade Androgyny. I find they go on really pigmented and aren’t overly drying on the lips. I’ve heard a few people mention they find the applicator a bit hard to work with but I haven’t had too much issue and just take my time applying it. The range has some pretty cool colours and is worth checking out if you’re after something a little different. I have Doll Parts on my wishlist next which I’ve heard is actually quite a good dupe for Posie in the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

Australis Velourlips RRP $10.49AUD (Shade – Mi-A-Mee) – I’m pretty sure these were the first matte liquid lipsticks that were made by an Australian company. The shade range is ever growing and they have some pretty cool colours (I would love to see a mauvey brown though). They aren’t my favourite formula of the liquid lipsticks I own but because they are pretty affordable it’s a good way to try out this type of lipstick to see if it suits you. I still really like these and will continue to pick up shades that interest me (especially on sale…Wooo!).

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Colour RRP $18.00USD (Shade – Trinket) –  I’m sorry to do this but this was a limited edition shade that they sold at IMATS LA and one of the things I couldn’t pass up, its a stunning mauvey brown (my typical shade of late) with golden glitter throughout. Yes the glitter transfers on your face but the shade is so beautiful that you really don’t care. I had to mention this because this formula is absolutely amazing, so pigmented, matte but it feels really nice on the lips. Plus it smells like creamsicle which is just everything! I do hope they come out with more shades because you know I’ll be stocking up. I’ll pop up a lip swatch of this at some point just to show how stunning it is.

Lime Crime Velvetines RRP $31AUD (Shade – Utopia) – Even though i’m no longer supporting this brand (just google Lime Crime and tonnes of information about dodgy business practices etc will come up) I did want to mention them here since they were the first liquid lipsticks I really got into. I still love the shade Utopia but I have found a really good dupe in the Australis Velourlips shade Shang-Hi. Now that I’ve tried many other brands as well I’m glad i’ve found better then Lime Crime. However they are still around if you want to try their products.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick RRP $6.00USD (Shade – Succulent)  – I frickin LOVE Colourpop, when these got released I’m pretty sure I was daily stalking youtube for swatch videos while compiling a list of what shades to get. Once you order Colourpop it becomes a slight additiction… I constantly have a wishlist for their products! There have been mixed reviews on the matte liquid lipsticks, personally I like the formula but I may have gotten lucky with the shades I own. I find them pigmented and super matte. They are slightly drying but that’s to be expected with this type of lipstick. I’m actually wearing Trap as i’m writing this and it’s been going strong since 7.30am this morning. They have such a large range of colours and more being released all the time. Also, if you want to try and dupe the Kylie Lip Kit’s they have some similar shades, it’s also rumoured her lipsticks were made by Colourpop. Ooooo controversy! If you are ordering from them try and split your order with a friend, that’s what I do since we’re both Colourpop addicts 🙂

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick RRP $30AUD (Shade – Lolita) – I picked up my first Kat Von D liquid lipstick at IMATS LA in January, it’s love. When I bought Lolita I was tossing up between that or Lolita II, you should have seen my order sheet I crossed it out about 3 times before I settled on Lolita. The shade is stunning and right up my alley (apparently it’s always sold out here). Again the formula is great on these they are pigmented, smooth, matte but creamy and last a loooong time. When you apply them they suggest not rubbing your lips together and letting each layer dry completely before adding anymore to get the best application. I’m loving the Kat Von D brand overall at the moment and am keen to add more to my collection.

Do you have a favourite liquid lipstick? One I need to try out? I’m a tad obsessed 🙂

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models prefer rose nude palette

Wow, so it’s been so long since I’ve actually written a blog post. I’ve had these photos sitting in my draft section for way too long and thought it was about time to get the post up. I’m a bit rusty so bear with me lol.

The Models Prefer Rose Nudes Palette has been out for awhile now and retails at $12.99AUD and is only available from Priceline (FYI Models Prefer is a Priceline exclusive brand). They have a couple of other palettes out in this range a Black (I guess for smokey looks) and the original Nude (which I also own, and is shown below next to the new Rose Palette). I get a fair bit of use out of both of the versions I own, they are easy shadows to use for my everyday makeup and the size of the palette which is smaller then my iPhone is so easy to travel with. They stayed during my recent Makeup Palette cull! (video coming soon).

This palette is a bit of a take on the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette with some of the shades coming in as close dupes. I have previously swatched and reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette as well.

Also random addition of the Models Prefer Paw Paw ointment in Peach because I bought this on the same day and thought it looked good next to the palette, this is also an awesome product and the Peach smell is delicious.

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models prefer rose nude palette swatch

As you can see and as the name suggests the shades here lead more rosey and warm (funny that!) then the previous Nude palette. There is a mixture of matte, shimmer formulas and a shade that is almost like a pressed pigment which is the 4th shade from the top, a stunning copper (my personal favourite and most worn tbh). My gripe with this palette is the first 4 shades, I think so many light shades is unnecessary and would have preferred (HA HA) a more mid toned brown matte shade to use as a transition or crease colour. The lighter matte shades are also a little bit chalky and really need to be blended in, I generally just use these as a base for my makeup so you don’t really see them anyway. The rest are fantastic shades, the only other one I haven’t dipped my brush into is the darkest shade which is almost a black with small purple shimmers, it’s just not my thing.

Onto some swatches… Sorry these did have names but I lost the little insert thing.

models prefer rose nude palette swatches

models prefer rose nude palette swatches

In comparison with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, some of the shades are pretty close to duping the palette but the formula just isn’t as good. However, if you are on a budget or just want a couple of shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and they are duped in this palette, maybe check this one out.

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models prefer rose nude palette and urban decay naked 3 swatches

Here I have swatched Buzz, Trick, Nooner & Blackheart from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and the corresponding shades from the Models Prefer Nude Rose Palette (the MP shades are the first of the shades swatched).

As mentioned previously the Models Prefer Nude Rose Palette retails for $12.99AUD and can be purchased from the mothership…aka Priceline 🙂

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top 5 beauty products august

Lately, I’ve been keeping my daily makeup in a small storage box that I take into the bathroom with me every morning to apply, I try to change these products up every week or so but there are some that have stayed in the entire month. I’m finding this is a good way to test out products and also a much quicker way for me to get ready in the mornings since I only have a small selection to choose from. I’ve picked my favourite 5 from last month from that stash.

L’oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper in Blonde – RRP $18.95AUD – I feel like i’ve talked about this product a lot over on my YouTube channel but it hasn’t gotten as much love over here, basically it’s amazing. I use this on the daily, with a pencil on weekends or nights out when I have a bit more time or just brushed through my brows during the week to make them stay in place and look a little fuller. I’ve tried quite a few of these new brow gel/mascara/oomph products of late and this is by far my favourite (followed closely by Benefit Gimme Brow). While it’s a little on the pricey side for a drugstore product, there are always sales and I suggest you pick this one up on the next one.

L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in 640 Erotique – RRP $21.95AUD – This was one of those on a whim purchases, I was actually after a different lipstick by Chi Chi at the recent 20% (or was it 30% off) at Target and couldn’t find it. P.S. Is anyone else’s local Target cosmetic section an absolute shit hole? Mine is the worst! Anyway, I was browsing around the other stands and saw a fresh range of these lipsticks in a bunch of new colours and formulations. Of course I went straight for the mattes and picked this bad boy up… It is in a word PERFECTION! Such a great deep rosy nude shade that can be worn every single damn day (which it has). I’ve never tried a L’Oreal lipstick before and this has me wanting to go back to try more, the formula is so creamy for a matte lipstick and it feels comfortable on the lips. That shade though (heart eyed emojis). The scent might not be to everyones taste/or smell but I don’t mind it and it doesn’t stick around that long anyway.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Masacara in Blackest Black – RRP $21.95AUD – I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers raving about this mascara, and rightly so! People have said that it’s a good dupe for Benefits Roller Lash, I don’t have that so I can’t compare. What I can say though is that it is a solid mascara and does the job of defining, lengthening and creating volume in my lashes. The brush is also kind of unique and gets those outer corner lashes fluttering like nothing else. This is the first masacara that has actually wow’d me in quite awhile.

Chi Chi Cosmetics Lip Liner in Fly Girl – RRP $9.95AUD –  I have so much love for the Chi Chi Cosmetics Viva La Diva lipsticks so I decided to pick up a lip liner to try out. I’m not usually a lip liner kind of girl but this has certainly converted me, the colour is a deep dusty pink which looks great on it’s own or layered with a lippy on top (With that L’Oreal Erotique shade especially). The formula is one of the creamiest I have ever tried with a lip liner which can be a good thing or a bad thing, bad in the sense I feel like it may run out very very soon. Oh well I’ll just need to go buy a backup.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate – RRP $3.05AUD – Not a typo, that is the price and it is worth much much more than that. Such a rich and pigmented eyeliner that goes on almost gel like. I like wearing this pressed down quite close to my top lash line to give the bottom of my lashes more volume and not be so KAPOW like a black liner can be. It also looks great with any neutral eye look smudged on the lash line. I’ve also picked up another shade recently in Hot Scorch which will likely be featured here soon.

Here are some swatches of a few products – Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate, Chi Chi Cosmetics Lip Liner in Fly Girl & L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in 602 Erotique.

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