If you saw my previous post, I was talking about my shopping list for the Priceline 40% off cosmetics sale (sadly, now over). I didn’t end up getting everything on my list and subbed out a few things.

I actually had more in my basket but then told myself, do I really NEED another matte mauvey brown lipstick (Covergirl Katy Kat Matte in Catoure). It actually turns out my instinct to not get it was spot on because they are now 1/2 price this week.

So here are the products I did actually end up getting –

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N2 – This was on my list and luckily the stand was pretty well stocked and I got my shade. I’m wearing it today and so far am really really happy with it!

Sensationail Gel Polish in Sugar Plum & Heirloom Lilac – I originally had the Opallac gel polishes on my list to go with my Opallac kit, but I saw these on clearance for $7.00 and the bargain hunter in me decided to go with these instead. It looks like they are discontinuing this line so good idea to stock up (I may try and grab more this weekend at this price). I didn’t get the 40% discount on these but they were cheap enough.

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in 200 Medium – Impulse purchase alert! I swatched this on my hand and thought it was such a nice subtle highlight that I could chuck under my foundation (or over). I got the shade 200 Medium because it was goldy and the lighter shade was more pinky. I’ve discovered recently that goldy highlighters definitely suit me more. Another product i’m wearing today and really like, I usually go for a bit more BAM with my highlighter but this is just a nice subtle glow.

Essence Make Me Brow in Blondey Browns – This was on my list and so damn cheap! Wearing it today and can definitely see how people compare it as a good dupe to the Benefit Gimmebrow (at a fraction of the price).

Maybelline Volume Express Colossal The Big Shot Mascara – I love trying the new Maybelline mascaras, I’m going to give this a week or 2 before I give a verdict because I like my mascaras to dry out a bit but so far it gave me a bit of volume and length so yay!.

Essence Satin Blush in Satin Love – This was an on the whim purchase. I’ve been steering clear of my regular coral blushes and moving towards more nude/mauve/rosey blushes and this fit the bill. I wore it today and holy pigmentation! I went a touch overboard and had to get some intense buffing in to get away from clown territory eeeeek!. The shade however, is pretty but next time i’ll be not so heavy handed.

Essence Matt Touch Blush in Rose Me Up! – Again, another blush in the colour family i’m currently drawn to. This is a pretty matte blush and looked pretty subtle when swatched. Looking forward to trying it out.

That’s it for another Priceline sale! (well until theres a good catalogue sale lol). I still had a voucher from christmas so put this towards my purchase and ended up only spending $35 of my own money.

Did you pick anything up in the sale?

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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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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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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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I recently picked up the L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation (named the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation in other countries).

This wasn’t due for release in Australia until July but Target were a little sneaky and had stock out. I’d seen great reviews on YouTube about this foundation and even though it’s not targeted at my skin type thought I might give it a try. The foundation retails in Australia for $29.95 and you get 35ml of product for that (pretty good considering most foundations are only 30ml).

See my video below to see what I thought about the foundation –

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