Review: My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Facial Moisturiser

I tried out this moisturiser expecting it to not be anything new. While I look at ingredient lists especially when it comes to skin care, I try and not fall prey to marketing hypes and slogans such as ‘all natural’ and ‘no chemicals’ (even plant materials in their most basic compounds are technically chemicals). This moisturiser was appealing because of it’s simple but strategically chosen ingredients – and yes, they also happen to be plant based and not tested on animals – win!

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The Beauty Bunny moisturiser contains AHAs, which work to refine skin texture by exfoliating the skin gently. The difference between AHAs and BHAs is that AHAs are derived from plant, fruit and milk sugars, while BHAs are compounds made by man (think salicylic acid). They both exfoliate the skin, but AHAs work best for refining skin texture and skin tone, while BHAs work best for exfoliating pores (blackheads etc) and more oily or acne prone skin (they help keep blemishes at bay). They work superbly together, but separately they target these separate issues. Since the moisturiser contains 5% of AHAs, you know that they won’t be to strong, or irritating for the skin. They will however, work gently but consistently to refine your skins texture and tone. So what else is in this moisturiser to make it special? Let’s take a look!

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I loooove that this moisturiser has no unnecessary ‘fillers’. The first ingredients in the list are water (the moisturiser is oil free and water based) and aloe vera juice (soothing). We then have squalane, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (all derived from olives – very moisturising and also act as emulsifiers). Further down we have bilberry fruit extract, sugar cane (exfoliating), sugar maple (exfoliating), lemon and orange fruit extracts (exfoliating) and plenty of antioxidants such as amellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (rooibus/red tea). Pretty good huh? 

I was expecting this moisturiser to be quite light on hydration as it’s oil free and it’s main task is to also exfoliate the skin. The texture of this moisturiser is very light, to the point where it’s a little runny. The surprising thing is that it is also incredibly moisturising considering the texture of the cream. I’ve been using it in the mornings when my face can get a little tight and this moisturiser alleviates that tightness automatically. I don’t feel dry throughout the day and it sits wonderfully under makeup. Not only does it help moisturise and exfoliate your skin, it also helps protect your skin throughout the day thanks to its antioxidant content. The packaging says the cream has a slight grapefruit scent, but to me it smells like powdered vitamins (like those chewable vitamin C tablets, I looooved those when I was little!). It’s not overpowering at all. I definitely recommend wearing sunscreen on top of this moisturiser as AHAs and BHAs can make your skin a little more sensitive to UV rays (especially if you have sensitive skin). If you have sensitive skin, this could be a great alternative to exfoliating serums (it should help your skin to slowly adjust and become comfortable with AHAs and BHAs).

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If you have oily and dehydrated skin – this baby will be your saviour! I have quite normal slash combination skin these days (I used to be very acne prone) and I love it. To hydrate your skin well, you need to first remove all of those dead skin cells, so that the moisture barrier can be restored and for moisturise to penetrate deeply within the skin. You get 100g in a convenient pump bottle (twice the amount of regular moisturisers) for $39.00 USD. To me that is VERY reasonable. My Beauty Bunny also delivers worldwide for only $10 USD. I have a feeling My Beauty Bunny (a beauty blogger) teamed up with Futurederm to produce/manufacture this moisturiser (and you know I LOVE Futurederm products!), which would explain the fab ingredients list. You will find the My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Facial Moisturiser here :)

Oh, and just for the cuteness factor, here is a little Angora bunny :)

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Does this sound like a moisturise that could take your fancy? What are you currently using?

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Beauty Bee~

My April Violet Box

April is just zooming by like a granny on crack, so I’m slightly startled lol Luckily towards the end of the month, when I really start to freak out, my Violet Box appears and lets me focus on something delightful for a little while :)

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I won’t show you the Violet box itself as it’s a boring black box (which my beagle happily tears apart lol!). I would like the design of the box to be updated as I’m not a big fan of it, but it is sturdy and keeps all your goodies safe. So onto the products at once!

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Above: The contents of April’s box.

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Cedel Scented Hairsprays, RRP: $4.99 ,100g – full sized product. I’ve heard of Cedel hairsprays before but I’ve never tried them out before. I love that they are an Australian brand who also manufactures their products here in Aus. I actually need a firm hold hairspray (I use the Moroccan Oil hair spray which has quite a light to medium hold but doesn’t go crunchy which I love) and I was thinking about testing out a cheap alternative and here we go! The scent is nice and floral. I think the packaging is also fun without being tacky.

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Bioderma Crealine H20, RRP: $19.95 (for 100ml) $29.95 (for 250ml) and $39.95 (for 500ml) – 20ml sample. I use Bioderma’s Hydrabio micelle (cleansing) water and I love it (review here). My mum uses the Crealine (Sensibio) H20 version which is very similar to the Hydrabio. I love these little mini bottles because they will be perfect for weekends away and it’s a fab product, so win win! It’s gentle, effective and removes eye makeup nicely. The Australian prices are a little high for me personally, so if you would like to find out where you can find the authentic product for cheaper, check out my Hydrabio review.

Villainess Dulce en Fuego Whipped! RRP: $15.00 for 170g – I’m not sure how big this sample is, I would say about 20 or 30g. This is a brand that I have wanted to try for a while. Hailing from Tennessee, they make delectable soaps and body creams. This particular body cream is like a whipped body butter. The texture is awesome, hydrating and rich but not greasy. I’m not a huge fan of this scent though – coconut and cherry? But in saying that, the ingredient list is fab and seeing as it’s quite a small niche brand, you can expect quality ingredients! I can’t wait to try a soap from Villainess – I’m a soap feen!

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Teez Trend Cosmetics Chain of Stone Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper, RRP: $15.00 – full sized product. Again, a little niche brand from the Netherlands – cool! This is a holographic nail polish shade. The base colour is a coppery red and it gold slash green sparkles in it. I haven’t tested out this shade yet, but it looks fun and decent quality. I had to try and capture the different tones in the polish by photographing it in different light (today was far to bright) and I think the colours come up well in the photo above!

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Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Espresso, RRP: $19.00 – full sized product. Be a Bombshell has been featured in Violet boxes before and while it’s a little brand from the US, I haven’t fallen for any of the products so far. I loved the look of this product – a liquid liner with a fine felt tip which looks sturdy. I was so happy to get a chocolatey brown shade for something different to the regular black you would expect. I just don’t have luck with these felt/pen styled liquid liner applicators (I’ve tried Eye of Horus and Hourglass – both high quality brands) they just don’t apply evenly and opaquely enough for me. This unfortunately is no different. While the applicator tip itself looks and feels great, the formula of the liner lets in down. The rest of the packaging is also very plain and light – making it feel quite cheap. I tested it out as soon as I received it as I was excited about the product, but it wasn’t quite there.

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I’m happy with this months Violet Box because it contained lots of new brands for me to trial! I really want to try the hairspray, nail polish and body cream (despite the scent, I love the formula so far). The Bioderma cleansing water will be perfect for trips but I will unfortunately have to pass on the eyeliner. 4 out of 5 of the products were very much to my liking so that’s pretty darn good! :D I’m much happier this month than I was last month.

If you are interested in subscribing, check out the Violet Box’s website here. You can also get $10 off your first box if you use the code VIOLETBOX10.

Were you happy with your sample selections this month? Did you get to trial any new products I didn’t mention above?

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Until next time,

Beauty Bee~

Hyakusuke, a Little Makeup Shop in Tokyo.

My brother recently came back from Japan and he bought me some traditional Japanese theatrical makeup and makeup brushes :) I have been to Japan but not to Tokyo where this little makeup shop is located. It’s a family run store and has been around for 200 years (I know – crazy huh!). The makeup and makeup brushes they sell are specifically designed for Kabuki theatre  actors and Geishas, so you can just imagine the aesthetic look of the items and colours :)

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The shop is quite little as you can see above! Hyakusuka is located in 2-2-14 Asakusa, Tokyo.

I had to trust my brother to pick out some brushes and makeup items for me and I think he did well. He is an artist so I knew he would get me some awesome makeup brushes. I was a little more worried about the makeup products he would pick, but I figured seeing as it would all be something new for me, even if it wasn’t something I would not use a lot, why not be surprised and treat it as a collection item more than anything! I knew of the shop from other bloggers but I didn’t really know what they stocked or the prices of items (it would have been awesome if there was a catalogue online or something). I would love to get in there eventually myself! But for now, here are the goodies that my brother bought back for me :)

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Above: Traditional goat haired makeup brushes.

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Above: Itabake brush. Traditionally used for applying white makeup paint /foundation all of the face on Geishas. Can also be used for contouring, highlighting.

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Above: I believe this is a Yachiyo brush. Can be used to blend highlighter and contours. Perhaps also for precise blush application. 

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Above: I think this is a Mizu brush. Perfect for face powders.

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Above: Another Itabake brush, but this one has a longer brush handle and is thiner.

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Above: How gorgeous are these?! I think these are horse hair brushes and the look perfect for lip products and eyeliner. 

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Above: A traditional curved dish. Excellent for mixing products and blending.With a blood red base.

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Above: Little empty pots for product.

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Above: Rice face powder. My brother said that this should be mostly translucent. 

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Above: ShikOlive face cream. Apparently non-greasy and contains lithospermum root and olive extracts for superior hydration. 

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Above: Blushes! The orangey colour is much darker than it appears in the swatch, not sure why it doesn’t translate on camera. I can’t say I will be that into the orangey brown blush, but I’m sure it would work as eyeshadow. Both blushes are pretty much pure pigment! Both are matte. The bright mid-toned pink is just gorgeous!

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Above: Loose eyeshadows.

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Above: The first loose eyeshadow/pigment, a gorgeous slightly shimmery purple. 

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Above: A mid-toned metallic brown loose eyeshadow/pigment.

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Above: A bright shimmery copper loose eyeshadow/pigment.

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Above: Swatches of the loose eyeshadows/pigments.

When I was in Japan, I visited an old Geisha house and had the full Geisha treatment (makeup and dress up) and it was crazily fun! Obviously going from being blonde to dark black hair was crazy (thanks to black hair spray) and the makeup techniques used, really elongated my eyes. Makeup really can transform!

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Have you bought any Japanese makeup products that you have loved or hated? What about makeup brushes? I’m very happy with my brothers purchases – but I have to say they weren’t cheap! I’m not sure how much each individual product was, but I told him I’d pay him back the total and it is a lot… but it’s art right? :P I think I will get most use out of the brushes and the loose eyeshadows me thinks! Let me know what you think of my purchases!

Until next time beauties!

Beauty Bee~

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Nails of the Day: Lush Tangerine

I hope you beauties are having a lovely Easter break so far :) A 4 day long weekend??? Yes please! I have just a short and quick post for you today – a nails of the day snapshot :) As you may have guessed, it’s another L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis shade but this time in a new smokin’ orange! This colour is called Lush Tangerine (no. 303) and it really is lush. It’s vibrant and juicy without being fluro. If you need a shade to brighten up your day or to shake up your routine, this would be the shade to do that with!

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Some happy Tangerines :)

I’d say that the formula of Lush Tangerine is maybe a slight bit streaky, but it’s pretty minor. I asked my bf if he could see any streaks and he said no (while looking at me like I was crazy). Two coats should give you a gorgeous opaque coverage. This little 5ml polish will only set you back $6.95 at Priceline :)

I hope you are having a gorgeous and sunny weekend wherever you are (and if it’s not sunny, then I hope you can bring the sunshine into your home with some colour!) and resting up from the craziness of everyday life! :)

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MAC’s Lady D.

So my very orange adventure continues with the discovery (albeit a little late ;) ) of MAC’s famous lipstick Lady Danger. I would have never dreamed of wearing this shade a few months ago. But now, I’m just doing whatever the hell I want lol You can definitely wear any colour you want, its just about finding the right tone! The paler the shade, the more cautious I am that it will wash me out. It’s a double edged sword though, because I have quite neutral undertones and yet very warm tones are also a no go also. So that middle ground is what I am after.. MAC’s Lady Danger is definitely more red than orange but with a definite orange undertone (it can sound like we are going around in circles sometimes lol) which is on the cooler side no doubt. Maybe that addition of the orange warms it up ever so slightly? I usually wouldn’t wear this type of cool red for the fear of it washing me out.. but I think I’m doing ok with Lady D :) She’s got my back ;)

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Above: I’m wearing L’Oreal’s Spicy Orange on my nails. Review here. 

Lady Danger is a matte lipstick but it isn’t horribly drying and it doesn’t look dry and chalky on the lips (erm, that wouldn’t be so attractive). It also lasts longer on the lips than say the Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse, which tends to wear and disappear from the centre of your lips after eating or drinking. I happily sipped on my tea today and had lunch without it impacting greatly on the lipstick – hurrah! There was a little transfer onto my tea cup, glass etc but it stayed minimal.

I wore a little more eyeshadow than in the previous look I did for the Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse (I didn’t wear any ‘noticeable’ shadow for that look – it was focused solely on the lashes for framing the eyes). This time I used 3 matte brown eyeshadows in the crease of my eye. This adds more definition and brings more warmth onto your face without heaviness. I lined the outer corners of my eyes with a dark matte brown shadow and that was it. It’s all about blending, blending blending! Your makeup can become ‘heavy’ and harsh very quickly, if you add heavy black liner or shimmery shadows (if your doing a pin up makeup look – then that’s a different category all together!) as they will compete with your lips (and in the battle, you may get sporked in the eye by your lips – you have been warned.)

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Above: Love heart swatches of Lady Danger.

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Above: The swatch on the left is Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse and on the right we have MAC’s Lady Danger. Muse tends to look a little glossy at first, but mattifies down as it is worn. Lady D. is very matte but still vibrant! 

MAC lipsticks cost $36 schmackos in Australia. You can find them at MAC counters and online here. 

I’m loving this lil’ kick ass tune by Estelle ft. Janelle Monae called Do My Thing. I think it could easily be Lady D.’s theme song :P

OH – I also recently bought these gorgeous little earrings from Swarovski and I still haven’t worn them… I’m not sure that they would go with the makeup look above? Let me know what you think! :D The colour of the crystal changes slightly depending on how much light there is.

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Are you tempted by MAC’s Lady D? Do you perhaps own it already?

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Beauty Bee~

Nails of the Day: Spicy Orange

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I am most definitely going to need to go on a self-imposed nail polish buying ban VERY soon! I don’t even want to count all the nail polishes that I have bought over the last 2 to 3 weeks… But before this buying ban takes place, I do have some new colours for you to check out :) I know that orange is very trendy at the moment (it seems to come around every summer but in slightly different tones). I’ve been loving orange tones not because its warm and balmy in Sydney (because its not lol we are slooowly going into winter) but because it brightens up my day like no other colour! It’s a colour I’ve shyed away from in the past, but when you start wearing it, you really cannot stop! I bought another – yes another! – L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polish shade, this time in no. 304 Spicy Orange. A very gorgeous orange red shade, very vintage inspired :) And very much like my Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick in Muse or Mac’s Lady Danger lipstick (which I will be reviewing this week!).

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Luckily Spicy Orange was a dream to work with unlike Atomic Purple! The gel like formula went on like a breeze and is probably the smoothest colour I have tried out of the Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polishes. Even the first base coat colour was smooth and vibrant. A second coat, makes the colour even more rich and vivid! There really isn’t anything I can pick on with this formula and colour <3 The cute little 5ml bottle will only set you back $6.95 from Priceline :)

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Beauty Bee~

 

 

My Winter Sunscreen <3

I’ve decided to be extra vigilant this upcoming winter by using sunscreen more often when I go out. If I’m at my office job, I don’t need a sunscreen because I am inside all day (the little sun I get in the mornings is minimal and probably needed). But I admit that I am terrible at remembering to slather my face with sunscreen before running errands on a winters day, even though UV rays can still be very high even when the sunshine is hiding behind clouds! My Suntegrity mineral sunscreen expired recently, so I went back to Invisible Zinc’s Environmental Skin Protector 30+. I’m pretty sure they reformulated the sunscreen since the last time I used it (*cough cough* a good two years ago or so) as it’s much, much lighter in texture from what I remember, and much lighter in texture than the Suntegrity mineral sunscreen I was using.

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The strange thing is, neither the label on the bottle of the sunscreen nor on the box can you see or read the full ingredient list. I thought products had to disclose their ingredient list on the packaging… Luckily the ingredient list isn’t bad or dodgy, but it did take a while to find. I do wish it contained some anti-oxidants like green tea, but alas. Here is the full ingredient list:

“Active: Zinc Oxide (20%) Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Medico Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Extract, Fumaric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate.”

Because it is a zinc oxide based sunscreen it leaves a little bit of a white cast, but this disappears very quickly. The sunscreen feels sooo light and airy and spreads very easily. It works as a good base under makeup which is important. I put it over my morning daily moisturiser, but if you have very oily skin, you could use this as your daily moisturiser. On it’s own it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but it isn’t extreme by any means, it’s very minimal.

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The pump makes dispensing the right amount of product easy and mess free! My pump bottle holds 50ml of product and you can apparently also find smaller 30ml bottles. It’s not the cheapest facial sunscreen out there, but it’s a good quality mineral sunscreen that’s easy to find for Australian lasses . If you are wondering why I prefer mineral sunscreens over chemical ones for my face, you can check out my Sunscreen 101 post here (or if you are wondering what the difference is between mineral and chemical sunscreens – both protect against UVs but different formulas work best on different skin types and depending on the activities you will be engaging in).

I bought my Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector from my local chemist for $30 schmackos (that would be at Oze Pharmacy) and that’s the cheapest I’ve found it for so far! You can find it online at Adore Beauty for $35 (including free shipping) and at Priceline – without a promotion it goes for $37.99. You can also find it at your local woolies for about $35 (I think… from memory, so I could be wrong!). We all know that we should be using sunscreen daily, so I don’t mind spending a little more on a quality mineral sunscreen (sunscreen found within makeup is almost always not enough protection!). Now to get into the habit of using it daily even in winter! :P

Do you use a daily sunscreen? What do you look for in a daily sunscreen?

Until next time!

Beauty Bee~

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Review: Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara

I find it interesting that Max Factor’s newest mascara has such a long and descriptive name. I think they really want to make an impact (pardon the pun :P). But the name isn’t why I wanted to try this mascara! What intrigued me was that the mascara was double ended and one of those ends contains a lacquer. Not many brands do mascara lacquers (the only brand that comes into mind is Hourglass), which usually go on after your regular mascara application to add even more darkness, depth and most importantly gloss (think very dark black and seriously glossy lashes). I haven’t tried the Hourglass mascara lacquer myself but I’ve heard that it can be a little tricky to use and can make lashes clump together and become somewhat sticky. Seeing this cheaper alternative, I was intrigued! Not only do you not have to paint on the lacquer with a little eyeliner type brush (where you have to individually paint each lash like with the Hourglass mascara lacquer) you receive a volumising mascara which works perfectly along side the lacquer.

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The mascara contains 20ml of product, which is pretty darn good! A regular mascara contains about 10ml of product, so each end of this mascara is almost like a full tube of mascara (even though each end looks quite small). And something random – this mascara is made in Ireland which I thought was nice lol The first end of the mascara contain the regular volumising mascara. It’s a nice formula and the brush separates your lashes very easily with minimal effort. I’m totally a volume mascara loving girl since my lashes are already lengthy, but lack volume. I would give the volumising mascara about a 7 out of 10 in the volume department. You can also layer this mascara on quite a bit without your lashes clumping together. The brush itself is a silicone brush with quite small bristles. I like the brush more than I thought I would (I like those traditional BIG mascara brushes with lots of long tightly pack bristles) and I think it works well with the formula.

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Above: Side 1 Extreme Volume Mascara.

The lacquer doesn’t itself necessarily add volume, but because you are layering product on your lashes, it does help to build them up a little (the same effect happens when you use a mascara primer underneath your regular mascara). What surprised me was the lacqer brush – a really ordinary mascara brush, with short but tightly packed bristles. It make lashes darker and like I said, helps add a little more volume. The lacquer itself doesn’t look or feel like a lacquer, but rather just another type of mascara formula (that is darker in colour). It doesn’t really make lashes look glossy as such, so that disappointed me a little. I was hoping this mascara would give my lashes a new ‘effect’ as such and while it’s lovely to use, it doesn’t really deliver on that front. The mascara wands on each end are also quite short and stubby. You get used to this packaging fairly quickly but I would have preferred to pull out a wand and use it freely, without it being attached to anything.

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Above:  Side 2 Dark Lacquer.

The mascara doesn’t smudge throughout the day on me and doesn’t flake either. It’s a little difficult to get off, only because you have to layer so much mascara for the effect you are after. But with a little waterproof eye makeup remover, you shouldn’t have any issues. For the price especially, I think you are getting a lot of product in a really decent formula. It’s not exactly what I imagined it to be – but it is a very nice mascara.

My HG mascara is Dior’s Blackout mascara and while that mascara is double the price and contains only 10ml of product, I find that when I layer Blackout on my lashes, I get a similar result (and its a little easier to remove). Blackout lasts me a long long time (I find the mascara gets better as the formula starts to slowly dry out a little) about 6 months, so while Blackout is around the $50 mark (I try and get a friend to smuggle me in a few tubes from overseas where its cheaper!) I think price wise it is still economical (I don’t use mascara everyday either – thought I should point that out) for me. Max Factors Excess Volume costs $25.95 at Priceline, so you get a pretty darn good mascara for that price! If I didn’t have my darling Dior Blackout on hand, I would most definitely use this baby :)

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Above: Wearing Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara

I haven’t tried this mascara along with a mascara primer. I have a feeling it would be overkill, only because the mascara itself contains two different forumlas which need to be layered consecutively. However, it’s probably worth a try!

This was the first Max Factor mascara that I have tried (I know, where have I been?!?) but that’s because I just <3 my Dior Blackout lol

Have you tried this mascara or any of the Max Factor mascaras before? What about a lash lacquer?  Does the idea of a lash lacquer intrigue you? It definitely intrigues me and I hope they keep tweaking the formula because it could really revolutionary for our lashes!

Catch ya next time beauties!

Beauty Bee~

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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse & Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

If you’re anything like me, your makeup and fashion choices tend to reflect your mood, the weather and how rushed you are! It’s getting pretty bleak in Sydney at the moment (we are in Autumn or how my American friends would call it – Fall) with constant rain and gloomy mornings… I’ve decided to pick myself up by using colours that I wouldn’t usually wear in such weather conditions (so think summer/spring shades). And as Goss Makeup Artist puts it – doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing is sure to make you stand out!

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A few months or weeks ago, I bought myself a Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Muse because I had heard great things about the formula and the colour! I never thought I could pull of coral shades, as the lighter they tend to be, the more washed out I look. I saw this particular colour on Karens blog (the world famous Makeup & Beauty blog) paired with the Hourglass gloss in Nectar and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind, it was that beautiful! I figured, hey if Karen can do it – so can I :D (I might add that Karens colourings are nothing like mine, so a little delusion played a part lol).

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Above: The top swatch is of the Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Muse and the bottom swatch is the Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

The liquid lipstick is gorgeous <3! It dries to a matte finish and I would say that the shade is a medium coral. Your lips have to be in decent condition before using this liquid lipstick (otherwise it will stick to your lips unevenly) but ‘painting’ on a nice thin layer is super easy (even with the doe foot applicator). If you happen to smear some product beyond your lip line, use a cotton tip to wipe up any excess (if you do this relatively quickly, you won’t incur any staining beyond your lip line). It’s very pigmented as you would expect, so no layering is required. On that note I should say that touch ups are a little tricky because the more you layer this product, the more it will start to cake and look uneven. If you stick to one thin layer on your lips, then you will be fine.

It lasts for hours (I stopped counting after a while because I just forgot lol). If you do eat and drink, the liquid lipstick could start to fade from the centre of your lips. In this case, I wouldn’t just apply more product onto your lips, I would use a facial wipe (or any other makeup remover – but a facial wipe works fine and is easy to carry around if you are out) to wipe up the remaining product on your lips, dry your lips with a tissue and then reapply the liquid lipstick starting from scratch. It is a little minus, but hey, it’s such a glorious colour and texture that the extra little work makes it worthwhile.

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Above: Wearing the wonderful Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Muse.

Even though Karen wears the Liquid Rouge Lipstick in Muse along with the Nectar lipgloss, I can’t seem to do this. With added gloss, the lip colour just looks ‘tacky’ on me and way over the top. Plus, then you can’t see the gorgeous velvety matte texture of the lipstick which is a shame. If you have a deeper skin tone you will probably be able to get away with doing this! The gloss however is lovely on its own, giving your lips a sheer vale of pinky-peach colour (and is so much easier to upkeep during a regular work day or day out!).

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Above: Wearing the Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar. The light started to dwindle when I took this shot, hence it’s not as sharp as the first one. The colours are all still very true to how they appear in life, hence why I decided to go with this shot over some others. 

When wearing the Liquid Lipstick in Muse, I should also add that I left my eyes very simple (I brushed on a bone coloured eyeshadow all over my lids to even out their skin tone, used a cool brown to contour my crease, dabbed on a tiny amount of pearl eyeshadow on my inner corners and used a flesh toned eye pencil in my water line) so that no other colours compete with my lips. Lashings of mascara are allowed so that your eyes don’t ‘disappear’ in the background. I didn’t add any blush to my cheeks, only some bronzer when contouring (to bring somewarmth to my pale face). If you are very very fair and you want to skip the bronzer/contouring, add a touch or rosy blush to your cheeks (so that your skin doesn’t appear to be to shallow).

When using just the gloss on my lips, I followed the same makeup routine, expect that I defined my eyes a little more using some black liner (or black eyeshadow pushed into the lashline). I didn’t use any eyeliner when wearing the liquid lipstick, because I wanted the look to be very ‘clean’ and uncomplicated.

I’m going to try and rock both of these ‘looks’ over the next couple of weeks, just to perk me up a bit when it’s seriously gloomy outside.

Do you love coral lips? Any shades that you recommend? It’s definitely worth stepping out of your comfort zone every now and again! Let me know if you are trying something different this week! :)

Until next time beauties,

Beauty Bee~

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A Sydney Easter: Kakawa Chocolates

A lovely friend of mine introduced me to Kakawa chocolates a little while ago and since our first encounter I can’t get enough of their deliciousness! Because it is a boutique chocolate brand, I save my chocolate-y purchases for special occasions. With Easter coming up, their shops are brimming with such gorgeous creations I had to just *pop in* and take a look :P I did purchase a few bits and pieces and I think I will have to return again next week for some more! I might add that I’m not a huge sweet tooth, but they really do have something for everyone. All of their hand made chocolates are made fresh in Sydney and are only kept for a maximum of two weeks – unlike some other fancy chocolate shops around. And some of their goodies are just to beautiful/cute to be eaten! First, lets take a look at what I did buy :)

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Above: If I didn’t buy some of their regular/permanent chocolates, my bf would have been furious at me! On the right we have banana caramel chocolates (covered in milk chocolate I am guessing), in the middle mint and raspberry with a white and dark chocolate casing (these are my favourite – and I can’t express how DELICIOUS these are! They are not too sweet, but rather give your palette a pop of freshness that’s finished off with a touch of chocolate – YUM!) and on the very left, all by himself, a new chocolate for me to try – pistachio. I’m pretty sure it’s more than just pistachio, but I can’t remember what else *embarrassed face* but I love pistachios so I’m sure he will be delicious :) You can of course have your chocolates placed in a gorgeous gift box, but seeing as I was going to be eating them myself (ok, and maybe offer a few to my bf if I must…) I thought that there was no need lol

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Above: I bought two duos of dark chocolate galaxy eggs. Enough said :P The white chocolate ones also looked amazing (painted with bright colours) even though I’m not huge on white chocolate, but I am seriously tempted. That’s all I bought this time round, but next week I will go in and pick up some more easter goodies. Wanna see what there is to pick from? Be prepared to be amazed!

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Giant galaxy eggs (which are usually filled with smaller chocolates inside).

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Mini Galaxy and hand painted eggs.

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Mr and Mrs Potato Head 

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Giant Chocolate Rooster for the more traditional chocolateers :P

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Chocolate Bunny Pops!

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The Cutest Chocolate Bunny ever.

Now I really want those white chocolate mini galaxy eggs (or hand painted ones) both to eat and to show you! :) Which goodies would you pick?

If you are in Sydney, you can find Kakawa at 5/147 William St, Darlinghurst and at the Arcade on 1/281 Clarence St (Gaffa Gallery) Sydney (CBD). Check them out also on Facebook here.

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

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