Paul & Joe Cat Collection lipstick in Catwalk
Steamcream Con Amore tin
Mango & Quince Korres Lip Butters
Swatches: Korres Lip Butter Mango, Korres Lip Butter Quince, Paul & Joe Lipstick Catwalk.
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In the one-horsed town to which I have just moved, there really is not much choice in the way of makeup. I can count on one hand the places that sell it. Needless to say, sales and discounts are fewer and further between what is needed to satiate my bargain makeup hauling appetite.
When I spotted a stand of Revlon covered in tickets screaming '40% off' I wildly filled my hand-basket, before the boy reined me in.
Here are my spoils:
What diary are you using in 2012?
I suck at actually using diaries, so I use the calendar in my phone and always carry around a moleskine to jot down epiphanies, to-do's and whatnot.
Have you travelled overseas before? Where?
Never. I don't have the itch, either.
What is your family heritage?
Ten pound pommes. I'm Australian.
What is your favourite place to eat out?
Anywhere nice, so long as it is with stellar company (you know who you are).
What handbag are you currently using?
A tan messenger style thing.
What is your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink?
Gin & tonic, ciboccino with a half moon of chocolate.
What type of exercise or hobby do you do?
My right middle finger gets quite the work-out scrolling on Tumblr. Here is mine if you're interested.
What is you favourite lipstick or lip gloss?
MAC Vegas Volt.
What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Once, at a 'magician' of mathematics' show, I was given the following scenario: Tony Abbot was leaning in for a snog. I had to tell the 'magician' when I would find Tony's advances too hot and heavy, and at what exact point I would tell him to cease and desist. To a room of whooping and hollering, I held out for quite some time. Badass.
How long have you been a blogger? What made you start?
I've had a few blogs. One of my first was dedicated entirely to posting cat pictures on a daily basis 'to keep the crazy at bay'. I started because it made people I knew uncomfortable.
I started this blog early last year because I needed something to blame for my full makeup bag, and as a way to keep track of whether or not I like something. Because I really don't want to buy Maybelline's The Falsies ever again.
Are you a MAC or a PC person?
I nicked this off emmabovary. As always, if you've managed to read down to here, consider yourself tagged. Go!
When Face of Australia come out with new things, I become giddy with excitement.
When Face of Australia come out with new things and Australian Beauty Bloggers go bananas over it, I would walk into Mordor to procure it. And everyone knows that one does not simply walk into Mordor.
Lychee Crush, one of six new shades to the existing seven Lip Quenches, is Mordor worthy. Just look at that swatch:
The colour is reminiscent of its name; if you've ever eaten a lychee, you know that they are deliciously soft and sweet and interestingly floral for a fruit. However, this lipstick smells and tastes far from its namesake, and is instead quite pungently sunscreen. A reasonable trade-off for the sun protection (SPF30+) it offers.
The formula is extremely moisturising thanks to ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil. It is also quite soft and prone to melting thanks to ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil. And again, on account of the shea butter and jojoba oil, this lipstick may need 'breaking in'. A quick swipe on the back of the hand to remove the top layer of product should fix any issues if you find it separating on the lips (which is caused by the wax and pigments not being mixed together sufficiently).
As per, Face of Australia have delivered a stellar, affordable product. Luckily, one does not have to walk into Mordor to make it their own; available from Face of Australia stockists, RRP A$9.45.
This was initially intended to be an 'inventory' style post in which I force myself to blog about a collection of specific makeup items. In this case: MAC eyeshadows.
Reasons for wanting to make a collection inventory post:
1. To remind myself that I own these products.
2. To remind myself that I should be using this products.
Despite my good intentions, somewhere in the process it became crystal clear just how fruitless this pursuit is. Mainly because I have realised that I am some kind of anomaly who doesn't care for MAC eyeshadows. They're over-hyped. I'm sure they were head and shoulders above the rest at one point, but it's not 1999 any more. I'm moving on to cheaper, more pigmented and buttery formulas.
However, I know there are still plenty of fangirls (and fanboys) of MAC shadows out there who would take these little guys in and give them the loving tender care I could not.
- All prices are listed in Australian Dollars.
- I will only accept payment via Paypal.
- This sale will work on a first come, first served basis.
- All sales are final. No returns and no holds.
- I will ship within Australia. Items will be posted within two business days of receiving cleared payment.
- All items are guaranteed to be authentic.
Regular Australian shipping: $5
Sable (frost) SOLD, Mulch (velvet), Expensive Pink (veluxe pearl) SOLD, Bold & Brazen (starflash) SOLD
Regular Australian shipping: $5
MAC Single Eyeshadows ($10)
MAC Single Eyeshadow in pan ($8)
All swatched once or twice, some used once or twice. Always swatched and used with brushes.
Phloof! (frost) SOLD, Shroom (satin), SOLD Naked Lunch (frost) SOLD
Below, all MAC shadow colours swatched in above order:
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a cult product.
Celebrities tout it ad nauseam as their 'must have' product. It seems Liv Tyler's perfect layers of taut epidermis over her famous skull are achievable for schmucks like you and me - we're just not microfoliating hard enough.
Just so you can see just what it is you're doing wrong, here is an enormous image:
Recommended for all skin conditions. This unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Our unique Skin Brightening Complex of Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginko and Colloidal Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, leaving it extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis.
Dermalogica is the stranger whose candy you should take. Their sales representatives, dressed in their faux laboratory garb (designed to dazzle and confuse you into thinking they know science) foist this expensive sherbet onto you.
You are made to feel ridiculous for not understanding that it is a skincare crime to sport all three layers of your skin. The closer to the subcutaneous tissue you are the better. You want to be raw. Letting your skin shed naturally is akin to farting in Karl Lagerfeld's presence.
And so, you leave with a bottle of Daily Microfoliant and a hit to the credit card in the wonderment this shit ACTIVATES when it is mixed with water. It is Aqua Man. It will solve all of your problems. You will use it, get promoted, never go up a dress size and live happily ever after in a cottage with seven small men.
Or so I believed.
My skin became dry, flaky and bitchy. Yet, with Liv's pouted smile promising my fairytale ending, I persevered. My skin was unhappy. The white-coated banshees at the counter recoiled at the sight of me, spitting at the very idea it could be Daily Microfoliant that was causing my woes.
Eventually, I came to my senses. Liv's once smiling eyes were now bitch black and soulless. Daily Microfoliant and I have parted ways, and I'm happier for it. My skin is no longer itchy, sore or dry.
Bottom line: this shit is whack. Unless it works for you.
Hello neighbour peeking through your net curtains. You think I can't see you. I can.
I see you Looking at me in my front garden. Looking at me in the front garden holding a bottle of nail polish and a camera. Looking at me in the front garden awkwardly holding the bottle of nailpolish in front of a flower. Looking at me take a photo of my awkwardly posed hand holding the bottle of nailpolish in front of a flower. In the front garden.
Sheer formula. This is three coats with a top coat in natural sunlight.