It’s that time of the year again, when Priceline shelves are completely ambushed with the 40% off cosmetics sale!

I’m pretty lucky that my store is always pretty well stocked and not 5 people deep at the Maybelline stand (ah the joys of living kind of regional!) Here’s a few things i’m hoping to pick up in the sale. I may do a little haul post on here after i’ve gotten my goodies as well.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation (RRP $29.95 / Sale Price $17.97) – I haven’t used this foundation for awhile, but I remember quite liking it. My current foundation stash is getting pretty low (yay for downsizing, nay for options) so I thought I’d grab this one again… if my shade is in stock. Some notable mentions to check out – Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (both formulas), Covergirl Outlast Stay All Day Foundation & the old school Revlon Colourstay!

Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder in Soft Focus (RRP $16.99 / Sale Price $10.19) – I’ve recently finished up another one of these, so yay timing! This is a supposed dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I don’t really care if it is or not, I love it. For the drier skins out there it gives you a bit of a glow and keeps your foundation in place a little longer. If you want a bit more coverage the Australis Fresh & Flawless Powders are always a good option as well, I’ve been using mine since my Models Prefer is finished and I’ve been really enjoying it again.

Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara (RRP $19.95 / Sale Price $11.97) – This is a newbie that i didn’t even really think of trying until I was talking to my friend Ange and she said it was on her wishlist, I trust her recommendations so I think i’ll grab this!. It’s always a good idea to stock up on mascara during these sales. If I can’t get this one, I’ll be buying yet another Maybelline Lash Sensational (my fave!) or the new version Lash Sensational Luscious. You can’t go too wrong with Maybelline mascaras. Plus, sexy chrome packaging? Hell yeah!

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

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Brow Mascara TBC – My current L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper has seen better days, so time to throw her out and add something new in the collection. I’ve got my eye on a few to try but I think it’ll be between the Essence Make Me Brow (RRP $5.10 / Sale Price $3.06) or  NYX Tinted Brow Mascara (RRP $12.95 Sale Price $7.77). I’m open to trying others as well so will be having a look out for something to get in this catagory.

Opallac Gel Polishes (RRP $19.95 / Sale Price $11.97) – I bought the starter kit in the last Priceline 40% off sale. Honestly, this was the best purchase I made all year. I’ve become less of a nail girl over the years and wanted an easy way to do my nails and have them not chip for weeks. This set is amazing (I’ll do a full post one day). I’ll be picking up another base coat and top coat (essentials) and maybe a colour or two.

The next item is something i’ve had my eye on, but it’s definitely a do I need it? will it spark joy? item.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick Trio

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This is the NYX Liquid Suede Trio Pack (RRP $24.00 / Sale Price $14.40). Hear me out – One full size liquid suede @ full price is $14.95 and all 3 of these are full size; I want the shade Brooklyn Thorn (thanks to this video by Safiya) which is in this set but oddly not available as a single buy on shelf. I know i’ll never wear it but I also really really want to own Stone Fox. I’m trying to Kimberly Clark myself and say you don’t need it, don’t buy it. We shall see!

I’ll also be checking out the Essence stand to see if anything new is about, or anything I want to try. With 40% off the stuff on the stand is practically free!.

Ahhhh so there you have it! What are you planning on picking up at Priceline?, or have already hauled?

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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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The other day when I filmed my latest YouTube haul I thought i’d film getting ready beforehand and do a bit of a tutorial/look… no not tutorial, you won’t learn anything new.

The main product featured is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, I was playing around with this the other night and rediscovered my love for it. I also used a lot of the new products I mentioned in the haul, so if you want to see them in action go and give it a watch.

This video has taken me the longest to edit out of any i’ve ever done, I even did a voice-over! So i’d love it if you gave it a watch, liked it and maybe subscribe if you aren’t already.

 

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I planned to do a series of FOTD posts and never got past The Face #1 and since I couldn’t think up a snappier title for this post I decided i’ll try and continue the series.

I look like such a happy clam in this picture right… nope not at all! Also…Spot the sloths!

This face was done a couple of Sundays ago, our washing machine wasn’t working so I went to a laundromat wearing this look and feeling a little overdone. I was also clearly in need of a hair wash & our hot water wasn’t working as well so I had to go to the gym to have a shower and wash my hair #firstworldproblems. All is good now in the world of hot showers and washing machines!

I wanted to try out a few new products i’d picked up over the past couple of months that hadn’t really gotten much use. For my base I used NARS Sheer Glow in the shade Deauville, this might sound a little controversial but i’m not sure that I like this foundation very much. I’m going to give it a few more chances before it features in a Disappointing Products video or post but so far, not getting the hype. I concealed & highlighted with my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory and did a little contouring (give me cheek bones and no double chin) with NARS Laguna Bronzer – I’ve been loving this again lately, it seems to warm up my complexion. NYX Peach Blush was used on the cheeks and will forever be a favourite of mine, and I feel like it’s never ending because I use it so much but still haven’t hit pan!

On my eyes I can’t remember exactly which shades I used but it looks like I used the neutrals (naturally) from TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette. The shadows are buttery and easy to blend, I get a little chalkiness from the lightest shade Matt Smith but other then that the shades i’ve used so far have been great (I’m actually wearing Matt Gallagher in my crease today for a bit of definition/I can’t be bothered doing full eye makeup today). I lined my eyes using the Essence 2 in 1 Eyeliner Pen, I picked this up because it had a thin nib on one end and the other end was a little thicker and slanted, the pigmentation on this isn’t fantastic and I feel like I need to push down quite hard to get colour. I then coated my lashes with the Essence LashMania Reloaded Mascara.

For my brows I bought out an old favourite the Benefit Brows A Go Go Palette* and then set them in place with the Benefit GimmeBrow in Light/Medium. Yes, it is as amazing as the reviews say!

Lips! This is my new Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Crush – Look at that colour! I’m not going to say too much because I have a review and proper swatches etc coming of this soon 🙂

I would like to try and do more of these because it’s a good way to give mini reviews of some products that I can’t/haven’t done full reviews on.

Products marked * were provided for my consideration.

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This past weekend I celebrated my birthday (woo!) and a tradition that I started a few years ago was buying myself a new MAC lipstick to wear on my birthday. I think this started when I was in a MAC love phase but now I find the cheaper brands just as good, if not better. However, I’ve still kept the tradition going though because it’s something I can look forward to planning for on the lead up to my birthday.

So when I perused my local MAC on Saturday I saw they had a tester of Impassioned (This has been on my wishlist FOREVER and I can never find it!). Anyway I asked for it, they searched and it was out of stock (boo 🙁 ). Without hesitation I asked if they had Ruby Woo, it has also been on my wish list and the fact it’s a matte shade (and I’m loving matte’s at the moment) it was always going to be my 2nd choice.

I get home with my new purchase and get ready to go out for the night, upon first swipe I knew this is the perfect red for me and a shade I think could possibly even become my “signature” shade (big call!). It was love. The formula is amazing, it’s a non drying matte. The staying power trumps and the colour is just beautiful.  I can’t say enough good things!

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