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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I managed to visit the brand new Sephora store in Sydney today and while I didn’t buy a lot I thought i’d make this video to show what I did get and give you a bit of info on the store. There are a few other items I picked up as well that i’ve thrown into this video as well.

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Sephora Christmas Wishlist

If I could pick my favourite makeup release it would be this time of year, it’s when the Christmas gift sets start appearing and I suddenly want to dip my hands in and try out some new stuff. I find some of the gift sets to be a rip off, but there are some little gems to be found (usually for me these come in the form of anything Stila, which I sadly didn’t spy on the Sephora website).

So for something a little different I thought i’d give you my top 5 picks that I’ve just spotted on the Sephora website, and with the first store opening in Sydney merely months away (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!) you can be sure if these are instore I’ll be likely picking up a couple for presents… for myself :). One thing isn’t really an exclusive Christmas set but I thought i’d add it because I kinda really want it and maybe one of my dear loved ones will read this :P.

Tarte Bon Voyage Collectors Set And Travel Bag RRP $59.00USD (around $67.00AUD) – I’ll be honest, I only really want this for the palette. Look at that stunning neutral goodness! I’ve never tried Tarte eyeshadows before but if they are anything like the blushes then this would be an absolute winner in my eyes. Besides that gorgeous 20 shade eyeshadow palette the kit contains; deluxe light camera flashes mascara, Ltd Edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse, Lipsurgence Lipgloss in Visionary, Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Romance, Deluxe Marajuca Oil (actually really want to try this too!), Deluxe Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 RRP $29.00USD (around $33.00AUD) – I’m not 100% sure that it has been revealed if UD will be stocked in the Sephora Sydney store or if its one of the ones to be rolled out later. Doesn’t really matter though because I can find online stockists to pick up my UD in the meantime. This isn’t a Christmas set but I thought i’d add it because it’s new and it’s perfect. I don’t actually own Basics 1 but for some reason the 2nd version sings more to me.

Too Faced Melted Kisses RRP $25.00USD (around $28AUD) – I think out of all of these products this is the one I am most likely to add to my collection. I’ve been wanting to try out these lipsticks for awhile now and what better way with 4 mini versions. I really like all the shades in this set too. You get Melted Nude, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia & Melted Berry. The only one i’m iffy about is Melted Nude but that’s mainly because I haven’t found a nude shade that suits me. This one is definitely my pick of the bunch and if it isn’t at Sephora I sure hope Mecca get their hands on it.

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash Set RRP $39.00USD (around $45.00AUD) – Another mini lipstick set! I’m yet to the try the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks but reviews I’ve read have been positive. I like the look of the shades in this set and think if your just getting into makeup this is the perfect little set to add into your collection, it seems to cover all bases shade wise. The shades are – Ladyflower (bright rose-pink), Crush (hot pink), Illicit (sheer baby pink), Gash (deep red w/tonal shimmer), Liar (pinky-brown nude) and F-Bomb (classic red). It also includes a full size clear lipliner. Not going to lie, kinda love the shade names lol!

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette RRP $42.00USD (around $48.00AUD) – Still coming in under a pineapple with the conversion (as at today anyway). I really really really want this one! I remember they released something similar last year and it sold out rather quickly and was very coveted by the beauty community. I only own one Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, they are amazing. I want more!. This set contains 5 0.158oz (a full size is 0.2oz for reference) blushes in one sleek palette with the shades Breathless (pinky beige), Embraced (plummy rose), Whimsy (light pink), Bashful (rosy peach), Irreplaceable (mauve rose). It also contains 2 hair pins… I guess that’s the Pin Up Girl part of the deal.

There are new things being added frequently all the time so keep a look out on the site. Who else is counting down the days until Sephora opens in Sydney?

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