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It’s been awhile since i’ve posted a favourites video! I thought this time i’d also add in a couple of duds as well so you know what to not look out for when your doing your Priceline hauls!

I’d love if you watched the video, but if your short on time here are some quick notes on each product.

Favourites –

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation (RRP $29.95AUD) – Such an easy base to work with. It doesn’t give a whole lot of coverage but a good quick option for the weekends when you just want to even out the skin and keep things pretty light.
 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Shade 10 Light (RRP $14.95AUD) – Said to be a good dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I agree somewhat but I actually prefer this because it doesn’t settle into my fine lines as much. The colour selection could be a little better but for a cheapie i’m not complaining!
 
Rimmel Sculpting Palette in 002 Coral Glow (RRP $16.95AUD) – Go and buy this immediately!!! The blush isn’t really for me, I have better options. However, the contour and highlight are EVERYTHING. The palette isn’t overly pigmented but that’s what I like about it, the contour blends out beautifully and just gives that extra oomph to your makeup. The highlight is the best i’ve found in one of these drugstore palettes, it’s a subtle glow which is perfect for everyday wear.
 
Maybelline Master Precise Liner in Blackest Black (RRP $15.95AUD) – Have you seen that meme of the girl doing wing eyeliner and she ends up with just a huge panda eyes? That was me, before I discovered this eyeliner. If you’ve ever struggled with doing wings, I recommend trying this eyeliner out. I just press it where I want the flick to go and drag down to my eye, they may not always be perfectly even but they get pretty darn close.
 
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin (RRP $18.00USD) – Ughhhh so you may be aware there has been some drama surrounding Jeffree Star lately. I’m not sure if i’ll be supporting the brand anymore but I do adore this liquid lipstick shade, I’ll be searching for a dupe (any ideas?).
 
Pixi Glow Tonic (RRP $46.00AUD for 250ml) – I remember hearing Caroline Hirons talk about this product ages ago so it’s always been a wishlist item. I picked this small bottle up in the US earlier this year and will definitely be buying a bigger bottle next time. It’s a great introduction into the world of chemical exfoliants and just makes your skin feel so smooth (especially now that it’s Winter).
 
Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion (RRP $12.95USD) – I got this one off iherb from a Skincare Addition subreddit recommendation. This is a beefier chemical exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid (the Pixi Glow Tonic is only 5%). When my skin is feeling really rough and dull this is what i’ll put on it at night. If you want you can use my referral code at iherb to get $5 off your order! CODE = VUL257
 
GlamGlow Thirstymud Mask (RRP $98.00AUD full size)- I didn’t get along with the GlamGlow mask in the black packaging that everyone was raving about, so I was a little concerned buying this that I might have a similar feeling. Nope. Love it! I don’t actually use it as a mask, well I do but more as an overnight mask just lightly putting it on my skin so it’s not completely sinking in but isn’t super thick. Next morning; radiant, plump skin. I need to start a piggy bank fund for a full size I think.
 

Fails –

Mode Lip Cream in Sleeping Beauty (RRP $3.00AUD) – I’m not overly mad about this one because it was so cheap, I also don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this shade (was it the bright lights of Coles, or a work stress induced purchase?). I will try and make this work with different lip liners underneath and may come back to you!
 
Rimmel Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara (RRP $18.95AUD) – This is the mascara that is meant to tint your lashes over 2 weeks, I have fair lashes and didn’t notice a difference. I also didn’t get much volume or length from this mascara. I haven’t had much luck with any Rimmel mascaras to be honest and should really just stop buying them.
 
Covergirl Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara (RRP $18.95AUD I think!) – I don’t think this is actually available anymore, hence no link. THANK GOODNESS! The Covergirl Lashblast mascaras are among some of my favourites & when I saw this for half price I grabbed it. If you see it, walk straight past. I had such a hard time removing this that I was rubbing at my eyes! No where does it mention it’s waterproof or anything. Yuck Yuck Yuck!
 

Did you have any Faves & Fails for the month?

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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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beautyexpohaul

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the Sydney Beauty Expo, this is an expo for those working in the beauty industry like salon owners etc. There are loads of informative talks, seminars and new release products to check out. There are also a lot of products for sale at a reduced price (think IMATS but with a whole lot more skincare, nails etc). I’ve attended the past few years and it’s always a great day out.

This year I only bought a couple of items, I had really only one thing on my wishlist to get and that was a Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick, so much so that I spent an hour in the morning watching swatch videos on YouTube trying to decide which colour to pick. I’d settled on Celebrity Skin (a darker nude, brown colour with a little bit of peach in it. Also a great song by Hole). We found them at the ModelRock Lashes stand and the kicker was they were selling them for $27AUD (They sell for $28 on their website for your reference) and had no testers… UGH! After a bit of deliberation with Ange and finally deciding that yes we would buy one each, I got Celebrity Skin. I also picked up a few pairs of lashes which were down to $3.95AUD each and one set was only $1.95AUD plus a tiny tube of lash glue. I’m really wanting to try this whole lash thing again.

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Isn’t the colour stunning, I love it! The formula is also great and it lasts really well on the lips. I’m keen to get my hands on some more of these (I’m thinking IMATS LA).

Then we hit up the Girlee Cosmetics stand and decided to make a 4 pan palette ($25AUD). I’ve made one of these previously and have some swatches etc in this post here from IMATS 2012. I’ve really been into the warmer shaded shadows of late and the colours I chose in the palette really reflect this, I haven’t had a chance to wear these shades yet but going off experience from my other Girlee Cosmetics shadows they are fantastically pigmented, smooth and easy to blend.

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Shades from Top Left to Bottom Right – Copper Penny, Root Beer (Matte), Gold Bronze & Honey Glow

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I’m so pleased with my choices and can’t wait to have a play around with some eye looks with them, I even think I could also use Honey Glow as a highlighter.

Looking forward to hitting up the expo again next year and seeing what I come home with!

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I was provided with a media pass to attend this expo.